Ascent to unnamed place on 2009-03-20

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Julien Landry
Date:Friday, March 20, 2009
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Place:unnamed place
    Elevation:1706 ft / 519 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our trip planning started as a trek up mont Raoul-Blanchard. We had limited time as I couldn't get Friday off at work and, on my schedule, I finished at 9:15pm. We decided to do a two day trip starting right after work so we packed our bags beforehand. We were carrying everything for a winter overnight trip so our packs had a significant weight but I thought it wouldn't hamper us too badly.

Indeed, at 9:30pm we were off in Julien's car towards Saint-Tite-des-Caps. Around 10:30pm, we parked just outside the Abitibi-Price gate, put on our gear and walked off. Our idea was to head east of the mountain's massif along a road. Unfortunately, my topo map didn't cover the area to the south, where the gate is, so I missed critical road information. I knew from studying maps and satellite imagery that we had to take a left after about 4.5km and that this road would angle sharply around a hill, but without any visual references at night, an absent moon, and just plain chance, we took the wrong side road. We weren't aware of it yet as the headings on my compass and the features of the road itself are extremely similar to the one we wanted to take. We planted our tent just above of the road on a logging field, cooked some food and went to bed.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:272 ft / 82 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:272 ft / 82 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:logging roads
    Start Trailhead:Abitibi-Price gate  1434 ft / 437 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Unnamed place  1706 ft / 519 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Brûlé/Raoul-Blanchard (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1unnamed place2009-03-20272 ft / 83 m
2(Attempt) Mont Raoul-Blanchard2009-03-210 ft / 0 m
3Montagne Brûlé2009-03-212050 ft / 625 m
Total Trip Gain: 2322 ft / 708 m    Total Trip Loss: 2273 ft / 693 m

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